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Celtic face charge over alleged offensive banner at pre-season friendly with Norwich

Updated: Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 18:05 | Comments

Celtic fans are alleged to have displayed the banner in July
Celtic fans are alleged to have displayed the banner in July

Celtic face a Scottish Football Association charge over an alleged offensive banner among their fans in their pre-season friendly against Norwich.

The SFA today issued a notice of complaint alleging four rule breaches over the banner relating to Rangers, which appeared in the Celtic support in the 24 July contest at Parkhead.

The SFA charges allege Celtic have fallen foul of the rules by failing to prevent fans from bringing the banner into the ground and displaying it.

The club are also accused of failing to deal effectively with an instance of unacceptable conduct, "by allowing spectators to retain possession of the banner after it had been initially displayed, which allowed them to display the banner on a second occasion during the above match".

The banner in question is understood to have featured a gunman shooting a figure next to a gravestone with the Rangers badge on it, as supporters mocked the impending liquidation of the Ibrox club.

The banner featured a silhouetted gunman emblazoned with a green shamrock taking aim at a zombie-like figure in front of the tombstone.

A line of figures depicting a reverse evolutionary process from man to ape was drawn on the opposite side of the grave.

Celtic have been given until next Thursday to respond to the notice of complaint with a principal hearing date set for 11 October.

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